Travelling to Egypt? New mandatory rules for tourists to be introduced

Egypt hotel Steigenberger Aqua Magic in Hurghada is currently being investigated after British couple John and Susan Cooper died during their stay.

Thomas Cook has since removed 301 of the guests from the hotel while the cause of death is investigated, with a local governor confirming a “strange odour” in the room where the couple were found.

The country is considering bringing in new rules for tourists heading to the country in light of the incident.

Travellers could soon be forced to purchase travel insurance before being allowed into the country.

The compulsory move, according to the International Travel & Health Insurance Journal, could be introduced as incidents and personal accidents occur.

The insurance will need to cover accidents and medical expenses in light of a problem.

Earlier this year, a tourist from South Africa was killed in a hot air balloon crash.

Hot air balloons and camel rides are known for being some of the riskier activities many holidaymakers book for their trips.

Many countries such as Cuba, Russia and the Netherlands also have mandatory travel insurance rules to enter the country.

A study by the Financial Regularity Authority in Egypt will investigate incidents that occur in the country.

This could lead to an international insurer for travellers to use when booking their travel insurance.

Some UK insurance providers class Egypt as Europe, despite it being part of Africa.

Therefore Britons should always check before buying insurance if they are already covered.

However more than 300,000 Britons head to the country with most holidays without incident.

It isn’t the only country in discussions for compulsory travel insurance; Thailand is also debating the need for mandatory buying of protection before entering the country.

Daily Express :: Travel Feed

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